“Possibility” is the name of the game when it comes to the future of Larkin’s in downtown Greenville.
The popular steak and seafood restaurant will be leaving its current spot “on the river” outside The Peace Center in 2022, as its lease with The Peace Center was not renewed.
But well before that, the restaurant plans to transform its event venue The L, the historic site of the old Greenville Gas and Electric Light Company at 211 E Broad, into what manager Kristina Murphy called “a popup-style kind of restaurant,” although Murphy is quick to point out that all plans are “super preliminary.”
The decision to repurpose the event space comes as bookings for events like weddings, office parties, corporate events and other gatherings are drying up considerably, with prospects for events in the future “not what they used to be,” Murphy said.
So Larkin’s is looking to build out the kitchen and put its nearly two decades of partnerships to use by trying something new.
“It’s going to be gradual,” Murphy said. “We’ll start with some small events, then build out the kitchen. We’re planning on who we are going to partner with, and that will determine how the kitchen space will be.”
To belabor a restaurant analogy, nothing is off the table, according to Murphy.
“We’re working through a lot of ideas right now,” she said. “There’s a lot of possibility for us in that space.”